Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Tip For Potty Training That Might Work For You and Your Child

As mentioned before, we recently started potty training our 2 year-old Grace. We were soooo sick of changing diapers and the enormous cost of diapers (both of us have been doing it for the last 13 years being that we have 5 kids ranging in age from 13-2). Anyway, I was really dreading starting potty training with Grace because every time we approached the subject she would flip out and start crying then go hide in a corner and poop in her diaper as if we didn't know what she was doing). So one day I had a bright idea. Every child has something they really, really cannot live without. For Grace it was Jon & Kate plus 8 (which we watch at least 15 times a day, I don't have the heart to tell her they are probably going to be divorced within the next year), Babie Dolls, and Barbies. We were rolling around playing on the floor and I asked her if she was ready to go potty in the big person toilet. She of course replied no and went into a tizzy. Then I told her if she went poop and pee in the toilet Mom and Dad would throw her a big Barbie party. I told her we would have cupcakes, and Barbie hats, and we would by her a Barbie doll. Within 5 minutes of me telling her this she went up to her potty and sat there for about 45 minutes trying her hardest to poop. No matter what we said, she would not coming off that potty until she went. My husband finally gave up and told me the hostage negotiations was a failure and I had to reason with her before she had a stroke from pushing too hard. Anyway, she did not end up going on the potty that night but the next day, first thing in the morning, she went and has been going ever since. True to our word, we threw a Barbie party and the rest is history. If you have any advice, we would love to hear how you got your little one out of diapers. Click on this link potty training for more useful tips.

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